Close your eyes and imagine the serene confines of a beauty salon with its minimalist white decor, gentle music and smiling therapists — and now add to the scene a hungry, red-faced toddler on the rampage.

The list of no-go zones for the parents of babies and young children often feels like it's growing longer by the month — from child-unfriendly restaurants (prime territory for plate flinging) to designer stores (not compatible with sticky-fingered toddlers).

But perhaps one of the most dreaded of places for parents to take their offspring is to the uniformly white, clean and child-free environs of a beauty salon.